Thursday, 24 June 2004
Scottish Parliament Thursday 24 June 2004 [THE PRESIDING OFFICER opened the meeting at 09:30]
Good morning. The first item of business is a statement by Jim Wallace on future arrangements for cross-border students. The minister will take questions at the end of his statement. There should...
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1447, in the name of Iain Smith, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, on the suspension of, and on two minor changes to, standing orders.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1498, in the name of Des McNulty, on behalf of the Finance Committee, on stage 1 of the 2005-06 budget process.
To ask the First Minister when he will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland and what issues he intends to discuss. (S2F-965)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive has confidence in the senior management of the Scottish Prison Service. (S2F-949)
To ask the First Minister whether the Scottish Executive will include a third-party right of appeal as part of a fundamental reform of the planning system. (S2F-962)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to promote Ayrshire as a film location. (S2O-2875)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to reduce class sizes in schools following recent representations from the Educational Institute of Scotland. (S2O-2871)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to support the publishing industry. (S2O-2790) Shall I repeat my question, Presiding Officer, as the minister has arrived?
To ask the Scottish Executive what innovative measures it is taking in schools regarding the teaching of the Scots language. (S2O-2822)
To ask the Scottish Executive what issues are faced by local authorities, such as East Renfrewshire, where school rolls are increasing. (S2O-2876)
To ask the Scottish Executive what education projects are available during the summer to help pupils' transition from primary to secondary school. (S2O-2872)
To ask the Scottish Executive what role the new appointments to the culture commission will play. (S2O-2867)
To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to upgrade residential properties to help eliminate fuel poverty and address energy wastage. (S2O-2803)
To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to deal with antisocial behaviour that causes light and noise nuisance. (S2O-2831)
To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will put in place to support affordable housing. (S2O-2863)
To ask the Scottish Executive how guidelines on building on green-belt land are being implemented. (S2O-2855)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the timetable will be for the implementation of each of the sections of the Homelessness etc (Scotland) Act 2003. (S2O-2854)
As question 1 has been withdrawn, we move straight to question 2 of the general questions.
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is taking forward the findings of the Prime Minister's strategy unit's report on the UK fishing industry. (S2O-2845)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the results were of the research that it commissioned from an independent contractor into the current incidence of physical punishment of children by their...
To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made in tackling odour emissions from waste water treatment plants. (S2O-2813)
To ask the Scottish Executive what support it offers to enable small retail businesses to improve their premises. (S2O-2859)
To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it will give to responses to the consultation on the proposed Christmas day and new year's day trading (Scotland) bill. (S2O-2846)
To ask the Scottish Executive what the benefits to passengers will be of the new ScotRail franchise. (S2O-2841)
To ask the Scottish Executive how it is promoting the development of renewable energy. (S2O-2839)
The next item of business is a statement from Andy Kerr, on efficient government.
The next item of business is a debate on motion S2M-1119, in the name of Peter Peacock, that the general principles of the School Education (Ministerial Powers and Independent Schools) (Scotland)...
The next item of business is consideration of motion S2M-1529, in the name of Murray Tosh, on the publication of Lord Fraser's report into the Scottish Parliament building project. Motion moved,...
The next item of business is consideration of motion S2M-1519, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, on the designation of a lead committee. Motion moved, That...
The next item of business is consideration of business motion S2M-1520, in the name of Patricia Ferguson, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for legislation. Motion...
On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I gave prior notice of my point of order, which surrounds the problems that arose earlier this afternoon when the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport...
There are five questions to be put as a result of today's business. The first question is, that motion S2M-1447, in the name of Iain Smith, on behalf of the Procedures Committee, on suspension of...
The final item of business is a members' business debate on motion S2M-1431, in the name of Chris Ballance, on education for peace across Scotland. The debate will be concluded without any...
The Scottish Parliament is the national legislature of Scotland, located in Edinburgh. The Parliament consists of 129 members known as MSPs, elected for four-year terms; 73 represent individual geographical constituencies, and 56 are regional representatives.